Whew! What a week! Whether I like it or not, the One Room Challenge is over, and today is the big reveal day! To refresh your memory, we decided to makeover our basement guest bedroom after it was flooded from a frozen pipe this winter. This has been an absolutely crazy experience! You can almost always expect some hiccups along the way when you’re completely making over a room, but throw in a deadline, and those hiccups become a lot bigger.
Time was definitely the biggest challenge for me. It wasn’t so much the work that had to be done, but that I’m used to letting a design plan slowly evolve over time. Usually, I have an idea for a room, and I slowly find the perfect items to make that idea come to life. It was really hard for me to come up with a concrete plan and stick to it, and because of that, my design plan made a huge detour from what I showed you in Week 2 (If you’re just finding me for the first time, you can get caught up here)!
The big change started when I decided to repaint my green nightstands white. Once the green was gone, I started gravitating towards a softer palette. My color scheme ended up being more white, gray, and gold, with a little bit of black mixed in. It feels very spa or zen-like, which sounds like a perfect guest bedroom to me!
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As soon as you walk in the room you see this etagere. I’ve had it for many years now, but it hasn’t been used since we moved into our current home. It was originally a dark brown color, but it fits the style of the room much better with some gold spray paint.
To help our guests feel more welcome, we want to get them set up on our home’s wifi right away. I came up with this floral watercolor sign (which is available in my printable library that has so many awesome printable items for all over your home and is exclusive to email subscribers) so that they don’t have to worry about asking us for it.
I love having books available for our guests, and I love even more how they look in different types of wrapping paper (I am a self-admitted wrapping paper hoarder).
One of the nice things about decorating a room slowly over time is that you incorporate more personal elements that mean something to you, so I was very happy this Buddha that I bought while we were living in Thailand fit so well with the relaxing feel of the room.
I had a really hard time finding an affordable, low profile light fixture for this room. The ceilings are pretty low, so I wanted the fixture height to only be about 5-6″. There were a few gold tone light fixtures I liked, but they were all over my price range. Finally, I found this one and decided to spray it Rust-oleum’s Specialty Metallic Gold spray paint. It worked out perfectly! Originally it was polished chrome, and it looked really nice, but the gold fit better with the other metal elements in the room.
You may remember this elephant lamp from my design board, but it’s gotten its own little makeover. Originally, I painted the base of the lamp a light blue color, but when I started working on the second lamp I decided to try some gold paint to see how it looked. I loved it and decided to repaint the first lamp. The lamp shades were recovered with this black and white print. The finishing touch was the beaded tassels that I made using this tutorial. The elephant and the beads (I think they kind of look like Buddhist prayer beads) really remind me of Thailand, and I’m so happy I could incorporate that into this room.
Take a look at how great the ceiling turned out! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it! It really doesn’t even look like a basement drop down ceiling anymore. The ceiling tiles were very easy to install. The color is an extremely bright white, which really brightens up a basement bedroom. I wish it had been in our budget to buy the tape to cover our existing ceiling rails because it doesn’t quite match the new tiles, but it’s really only noticeable under certain light. That may be a future project!
I was looking for bedding that had a very clean and crisp look. This Hotel Collection duvet set was exactly what I was looking for!
I think it goes without saying that my absolutely favorite thing about this room is the artwork from Sharon Mowry Studio (AKA “Mom”). And, she decided at the last minute to personally deliver it, so I’ve been able to hang out with her all week!
Isn’t it amazing! She places all kinds of different glass over a painted canvas, and then covers it with several coats of a high gloss resin. The result is truly unique, and I can’t be happier to be able to display my mom’s artwork!
The room is different than what I originally had in mind, but I am beyond happy with how it turned out! Having this room completed is going to make it so much easier when our families and friends come to visit.
The One Room Challenge may be over, but this doesn’t have to be the end! You can sign up for my updates here and also receive access to my new resource library. It has lots of great printables for all over your home including a recipe binder, pantry and spice labels, gift tags, the guest wifi sign and more. I’d love for you to keep coming back to check out what I’m up to!
Thanks so much to Linda at Calling It Home for putting this whole thing together. Without this challenge, I’m sure I would be dragging our guest bedroom makeover on forever. It was a really tough 6 weeks, but now that it’s done I can cross it off my long list of house projects and move on to other areas of my home. I also want to thank all of you out there for all of your encouragement over the last 6 weeks. I love reading your comments and emails!
Did you miss a week? Check out the past weeks’ progress:
I recently added a new accent to this room that you may want to check out. It’s a super easy DIY, too! Click here to check it out!
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